10 Ways to Add Character to Your Kitchen

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Anne Decker Architect

 

When it comes to kitchens, we spend a lot of time thinking about the usual things. White or stainless appliances? Wood or white cabinets? Wood or tile floors? Beyond the basics, there are so many ways to make the heart of the home warm, welcoming and absolutely you. Take a peek at a few of our favorite ways to add character to the kitchen!

1. Beautiful beams. Beams instantly lend a rustic feel, interest on the ceiling and, we think, an overall cozy feeling!

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

2. Add an arch. In the kitchen, the little things are everything. Arches are one of our favorite architectural details that create instant charm.

Kitchen Style
One Kings Lane

 

3.  Lend a personal touch with luxurious kitchenware. From china to silverware, serving trays to accessories, kitchenware is a fabulous way to express yourself in the heart of the home.

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BHG

 

4. Use a pot rack. Not only is a pot rack a convenient way to free up cabinet space, but it also looks fabulous.

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

5. Install statement lighting. A splash of color or a fun metallic can become an instant focal point in a kitchen.

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Matthew Quinn Design

 

6. Accent with natural stone. Natural stone is a beautiful touch in a kitchen. This honed marble is absolutely stunning!

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Christopher Peacock Home

 

7. Hang your favorite art. In the land of appliances and cookware, art may not be a top priority but a well-placed piece or two adds tons of personality!

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One Kings Lane – The Zhush

 

8. Display serveware with glass front cabinets. Glass front cabinets feel light, open and airy and are a great way to display favorite service pieces, china, wine glasses or family silver.

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One Kings Lane

 

9. Paint cabinets a signature color. In a world where neutral cabinets are the norm, painting cabinets a statement color is a way to instantly set your kitchen apart.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

10. Make a splash with your range hood. From a simple microwave vent to something truly spectacular, there are so many ways to vent your kitchen. A unique, beautiful range hood like this one adds so much impact.

What is your favorite way to add character to your kitchen? Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day!

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Things We Love: Combining Brass and Marble

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Architectural Digest

 

Chocolate and peanut butter. Blue and white. Brass and marble. Some couples are just so good together that we can’t imagine them without each other.

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Karr Bick Kitchens and Baths

 

We always wonder about that magic moment when two things were first combined and, from then on out, were always better together. 

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Studio Dearborn

 

We will probably never know when brass and marble were first combined, but what we do know is that, now that we’ve seen them together, we are totally smitten!

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deVOL Kitchens

 

You know that white marble is one of our forever favorites, especially for kitchen counters. 

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deVOL Kitchens

 

We love how it wears and changes over time, how it becomes something a little bit different as the years go by.

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One Kings Lane

 

The same is true with brass really, in that it starts out shiny and metallic and dulls and ages with time, its beautiful luster becoming a lovely patina.

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One Kings Lane

 

Maybe that’s why these two staples go together so well. 

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Matthew Quinn Design

 

Like the best couples always do, they change as they age but still complement one another so beautifully.

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Rachel Halverson Design

 

In the kitchen,

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Dearborn Builders Inc.

 

Or in the bath,

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Marianne Simon Design

 

This perfect pair looks classically chic wherever it goes!

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SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE cuts right to the heart of what it means to be a born-and-bred Southerner, complete with the responsibilities, secrets and unique privileges that conveys. Kristy Woodson Harvey creates four women who are at once completely different yet utterly the same–and a town that you won’t ever want to leave. Interior design, family secrets, life on the coast… It’s easy to see why everyone is buzzing about SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE. –Bestselling author Cassandra King

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Picking Pendant Lights for Your Kitchen

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Bakes & Kropp

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a fabulous day. Today, we are dreaming of school getting out, summer days on the beach and… pendant lighting! (Not necessarily in that order.)

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Bakes and Knopps

 

You know that we think lighting, more than most anything else in a home, has the potential to totally change the look and feel of a space. 

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Bakes and Kropp

 

Nowhere is that more true than the kitchen, where lighting is so important for a functional work space–and where opportunities for accessorizing and really making the space your own are fewer. 

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Brooks & Falotico

 

Whether you’re looking for lighting with a shade that stands out a little from the rest of the color scheme,

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Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

Or lighting whose color blends in but still makes a fabulous, bold statement, the right pendant can totally transform a kitchen.

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Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

 

One of our favorite elements of a kitchen island is the ability to hang pendants over top. 

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Architectural Digest

 

But, even if you don’t have an island, pendants are super chic over a dining table. We actually think a pair–or more–of pendants can be an even more beautiful look than a statement chandelier. 

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Rafe Churchill

 

These pendants combine fabulously with these bar stools to contribute to the overall industrial vibe of this kitchen.

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Ashley Winn Design

 

Metallics always add a hint of glamour, a touch of sophistication that’s a little less over the top than a chandelier. We absolutely adore the touch of gold inside these bold, white pendants. 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

 

Speaking of metallics, why try to make the chain blend in when it can absolutely shine! We love how these pendants connect with the fume hood for a totally custom look. What is your favorite style pendant? Do you prefer one that blends in or is made to stand out? 

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Things We Love: Gleaming Kitchens

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Good morning, friends! Summer in our houses has officially begun–and that can only mean one thing: time for summer vacation! But before we head off on ours, there’s nothing like coming home to a sparklingly clean house. We’re loving these stunning inspiration photos for getting the kitchen all spruced and organized. 

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Deulonder

 

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

Aren’t they fabulous? Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Things We Love: Natural Stone in the Kitchen

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Anne Hepfer Design

 

There’s something so soothing about bringing bits of nature into our design schemes. From houseplants to fruits and veggies, minerals to natural stone, there are so many ways to incorporate all that Mother Nature has to offer into our homes.

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O’Brien Harris

 

Of all the places that natural surfaces can be incorporated in our homes, we think the kitchen might be our favorite. 

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O’Brien Harris Design

 

But using stone in the kitchen isn’t all that cut and dry. Which surfaces are most durable? Which are best for cutting? What are the pros and cons of each? 

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Marianne Simon Design

So many factors and aspects go into choosing so many of the details of our homes. That’s we are so glad to have found  Use Natural Stone, a site that features guides and detailed descriptions of many natural surfaces and their best purposes. 

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BHG

 

We are especially fond of the fact sheets on the site that break down information about each of the popular stones. Sandstone, for example, is a material we love but didn’t know much about. And all the information was right there!

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

One of our favorite things about stone in the kitchen is that, no matter what you choose, if it’s natural, it’s going to look fabulous with pretty much any color scheme.

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Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath

 

Can’t choose just one stone? No problem! This combination of soapstone and marble is not only aesthetically pleasing but also creates different surfaces for areas that get worked a little harder. 

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O’Brien Harris Design

 

If you love the durability of granite but are tired of seeing the same old countertops, honed granite is a beautiful choice. It’s one of our current favorites, in fact!

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Thom Filicia

 

Black granite is an easy way to create that enviable, classic black and white color palette. With a little bit of wood mixed in, it’s perfect!

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O’Brien Harris Design

 

Want a look that’s uniquely yours? We’ve never seen anything quite like this blue honed granite! No matter your style, there’s the right natural stone for any home. If you were remodeling your kitchen, which stone would you pick? 

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